Three Bradford women and nine children ‘crossed border to Syria’

Khadija, Sugra and Zohra Dawood

THREE missing sisters from Bradford and their nine children have crossed the Turkish border into Syria, the BBC say an Islamic State smuggler has told them. He said the family had been split into two groups, with one arriving in Syria on Wednesday (17 June), the other on Thursday.

Khadija, Sugra and Zohra Dawood and their children, aged between three and 15, disappeared on a trip to Saudi Arabia in May, the women’s husbands saying they last spoke to their children on June 8.

Two of the women’s husbands, Akhtar Iqbal and Mohammed Shoaib, appealed to their wives on Tuesday via the media to come home, saying they could not live without their families.

BBC journalist Paul Wood reports that he spoke to the IS member on the Turkey/Syria border who confirmed that the women and children had made the crossing.

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